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  • Gov. John Carney delivered his State of the State address Thursday – reflecting on how the state navigated the second year of the pandemic and laying out his priorities for 2022.Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia covers the legislature and state politics for us – and he joined me this week to discuss what Carney said and lawmakers’ reaction.
  • Marine scientists and volunteers they recruited recently literally pulled boatloads of derelict crab pots from the depths of a Sussex County river.The steel cages are used by recreational crabbers - but when left behind for too long - they become what some people call “killing machines” - destroying all sorts of sea life.And experts say there are thousands of them littering Delaware waters.Delaware Public Media’s Rebecca Baer joined crews from Delaware Sea Grant and the University of Delaware during their annual effort to round up these “ghost” pots.
  • Across the country, parents struggle to find adequate child care. In Delaware, many providers have longer wait lists than ever before.Advocates say 96% of First State child care centers face staff shortages. Many have closed classrooms.Those advocates launched a campaign to write 500 emails to Gov. Carney asking him to take steps to help their industry - arguing it impacts the whole economy.Chair of the state Early Childhood Council, Madeleine Bayard of the Rodel Foundation - and Latin American Community Center director of early childhood services Karen Hartz recently talked with Delaware Public Media's Rebecca Baer about this crisis and its repercussions.
  • The Music School of Delaware recently received a game-changing donation.On this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele talks to Music School of Delaware president and CEO Kate Ransom about the gift and its impact.
  • The Music School of Delaware recently received a game-changing donation.On this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele talks to Music School of Delaware president and CEO Kate Ransom about the gift and its impact.
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  • Last year, state lawmakers unanimously passed a bill requiring the state to set health limits for at least two PFAS chemicals in drinking water.The so-called “forever chemicals” are linked to some cancers and other serious health issues – and have been found at sites across the state.As the new year begins, contributor Jon Hurdle reports there’s already progress being made toward settling on what these levels should be.
  • Gov. John Carney has spent the last two months pitching his “Wilmington Learning Collaborative.”He believes the plan will transform the city’s underperforming elementary and middle schools, in part because of similar reform initiatives he says have worked elsewhere – including Springfield, Massachusetts.This week, contributor Larry Nagengast takes a closer look at the Springfield Empowerment Zone – and how it might influence Carney’s proposal for Wilmington.
  • Adolescents between 12-17 can now receive a COVID vaccine booster five months after their initial series of shots.But how many will take advantage? COVID vaccination rates among eligible kids of all ages are lagging in the First State.A recently published Nemours Children’s Health study offers some insight into why some parents are hesitant to get their children vaccinated.The study’s co-leads, Dr. Ly Phan and Paul Enlow, join us to dig into the data and what it tells us.
  • The founders of Dogfish Head Brewery and a longtime employee teamed up to write The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures - chronicling the history of the craft brewery through photos, stories and co-worker profiles.And in this week’s Arts Playlist - Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele is joined Sam and Mariah and Andrew Greeley to discuss the book.